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1 theheat  Thu, Apr 4, 2013 2:30:51pm

They’re so terrified of anyone with the slightest education not walking lock step with their outdated bullshit. The goal is to keep The Olds in power as long as possible.

2 stabby  Thu, Apr 4, 2013 4:56:48pm

Actually they have other ways.
I’m not sure which states, Texas I think, student are only allowed to vote at their parent’s address even if they live far away… same deal.

Also, student ids are not legal ids for voting. But gun licenses are.

They have endless tricks.

3 Aligarr  Thu, Apr 4, 2013 7:49:41pm

re: #2 stabby

absentee ballot is the solution to that one .

4 iossarian  Fri, Apr 5, 2013 6:26:17am

re: #3 Aligarr

absentee ballot is the solution to that one .

Yes, but it’s a percentage game. It it’s 10% harder for a Democratic-leaning population to vote absentee (meaning you get 90% of the turnout that you would in person) then you’ve successfully reduced the Democratic vote by some fraction of 10%.

It all adds up.

5 HappyWarrior  Fri, Apr 5, 2013 9:27:35am

And they wonder why young voters want nothing to do with their party. Please proceed Republicans though because you’re going to wonder why a generation of voters wants nothing to do with your sorry excuse for a political party when you get your asses stomped at the polls in large part to these voters.

6 labman57  Fri, Apr 5, 2013 1:43:22pm

Republican legislators have not even attempted to hide their contempt for the democratic process. In true Machiavellian fashion, they have displayed a willingness to take an ideological dump on the fundamental principles of our democracy in order to further their political agenda.

Since Republicans cannot count on the votes from key demographic sectors of the electorate, they have opted for a different approach — reduce the number of these citizens who are able to vote.

And so they have strategized (and to some extent, implemented) a multi-pronged effort to curtail the ability of minority, student, and elderly voters to participate in the election process:

1) Make it more difficult to “prove” your citizenship via voter ID legislation, fully aware that the elderly and socio-economically disenfranchised citizens will have a much more difficult time providing the narrowly-defined necessary documentation to verify their right to vote.
- unlike voting, buying beer or boarding a commercial airliner are not constitutionally-guaranteed rights.

2) Cull the registration database for names deemed to “probably” be fictitious or otherwise fraudulent. (Anyone whose surname ends in “-ez” is most certainly an invalid registrant …)

3) Eliminate or drastically reduce early voting, since poor and elderly voters tend to have a more difficult time getting to the polls on the first Tuesday of November, and urban precincts are more likely to have extremely long lines that require you to stand for hours in line.

4) Create modern equivalents of the poll tax (part of the old Jim Crow laws) wherein selected demographic groups must incur out-of-pocket expenses to retain the right to vote.

However, the right wingers’ fallacious perception of progressive minority voters as lazy and shiftless parasites on society was part of their undoing — they assumed that if the voting process was made too difficult, then the affected members of the electorate would simply opt out of the process — this clearly did not occur in the 2012 elections.

With respect to the voter ID legislation/registered voter purges that have been pushed forth by Republican-controlled state legislatures under the guise of reducing nonexistent “voter fraud”, GOP legislators should simply cut to the chase and proclaim that the only Americans who have a legitimate right to vote are those who are registered members of the Republican Party.


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